Beckham backs Moyes to succeed at Man Utd
David Beckham believes David Moyes will prove to be a worthy successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, ESPN has reported, as the ex-England captain backs his former Preston North End teammate to succeed following his move from Everton.
Beckham was sent to play for Preston by Ferguson when coming through the ranks at United - Moyes was not yet the North End manager and the two were part of the same team at Deepdale. “I played with [Moyes] during my loan spell at Preston and I've seen him progress as a manager over the years at Everton,” Beckham said on talkSport.
“I'm really happy for him that he got the job at United because he's a really great person and he's a talented manager,” Beckham continued. “It's good to see him there and the United fans are behind him well which is a good thing.”
Beckham added that any struggles Moyes has had in the job so far are not necessarily his fault - more the inevitable consequence any manager would have faced when trying to replace Ferguson, who was in charge for more than a quarter of a century and won countless trophies.
“Whoever took over after Sir Alex Ferguson left it was always going to be a difficult time, a transitional time, but at the end of the day, it's like when a player leaves, Manchester United are still Manchester United,” Beckham said.
“Sir Alex has retired, but David Moyes has taken over, United always move on when they sell players and I'm sure they will with Moyes as manager now,” he predicted.
Beckham was one of the former United players to come under criticism in Ferguson’s recently-released autobiography, but the 38-year-old declined to issue a riposte to his old manager. “I'm not going to sit here and be negative about a man who gave me the chance to play for my boyhood team, that I'd always dreamt of playing for,” Beckham insisted.
Having retired from playing at the end of the season, Beckham, who made almost 400 appearances for United as well as turning out for Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, is to set up his own MLS franchise in Miami, it was reported recently.
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